Aug 28, 2010
I love pocketfolds, so I decided from the start to use them as my invitation. However, they were very pricey and I'm broke. I ordered cardstock from paperandmore.com and custom cut my own pocketfolds. To save on the amount of paper ordered, I built everything on the idea that one 8.5" x 11" sheet of cardstock can be used as such:
- one (1) 8.5" x 11" sheet cardstock = one (1) pocketfold
- one (1) 8.5" x 11" sheet cardstock = four (4) invites
- one (1) 8.5" x 11" sheet cardstock = four (4) maps
- one (1) 8.5" x 11" sheet cardstock = four (4) information cards
- one (1) 8.5" x 11" sheet cardstock = four (4) rsvps
- one (1) 8.5" x 11" sheet cardstock = six (6) tea ceremony invites
Because of this, my pocketfolds are cute (i.e. small). They fit in an A2 sized envelope. Once I complete my invites, I plan to post the total cost breakdown, measurements, and how-tos. I designed all the pieces of my invitation loosely based on pictures I've seen from other invitations. I love the way my map turned out. I used Adobe Illustrator and hand traced all the streets. It was fun learning to use the pen tool effectively.
Here are some teasers:
Article on PW that I found very helpful!! All the pictures I want taken so, I dont forget!
"Your wedding is a very special day full of sentimental moments and precious memories. Without a good collection of wedding photos, many of those memories will soon fade away. By supplying your photographer with a list of must take shots, you can be sure to capture the most important of those moments so you'll always remember.
Before the Ceremony
- Your wardrobe - the veil, wedding gown over a chair or hanging on bedpost, the garter, shoes beneath gown, etc.
- Bride and bridesmaids getting ready.
- Groom and groomsmen getting ready.
- Bride and maid of honor; bride and bridesmaids; bride and parents; etc.
- Groom and best man; groom and groomsmen; groom and parents; etc.
- Your mom zipping your dress, fastening your necklace, or adjusting your veil.
- The husband-to-be tying his tie.
- The bride or groom looking in the mirror or out the window.
- Guests arriving; bridal party arriving; you getting out of the car at the ceremony site.
- Guests taking their seats.
- Each member of the bridal party walking down the aisle.
- The giving you away.
- You and your fiancé at the altar.
- Everyone at the altar.
- The audience.
- Vow exchange; close-up of ring exchange; kiss; and other ceremony traditions.
- The processional and the exit.
- You and your new husband leaving the ceremony or in the car or limo.
These photos can be taken before the ceremony, but are usually taken right after while guests make their way to the reception.
- Full length shot of you.
- You and your new husband.
- Family photos - bride and groom with your parents, his parents, and all parents. Poses with siblings and grandparents.
- Bridal party photos - you and your groom with the bridesmaids, with the groomsmen, with the flower girl and ring bearer.
Must Take Reception Photos
- Inside and outside the venue; table arrangements, decorations, food displays, gift table, centerpieces, etc.
- The wedding party walking in
- Special dances
- Bride and Groom announced for the first time
- Head table; parents table.
- Shots of the DJ or band.
- Guests on the dance floor.
- The cake and the cake cutting.
- The getaway car and the departure.
Depending on your photography package, select the photos that are most important to you. There may be other shots that you consider a must as well. Keep in mind that each photo will require about 5 minutes and you'll want to allow enough time for the photographer to capture a few creative shots of his own!"
- Ceremony: Ocean Crystal Chapel, Hilton Hawaiian Village
- Reception: Coral Ballrooms, Hilton Hawaiian Village
- Photographer: Perfekt Photo
- Videographer: Crane Media
- Makeup Artist & Hairstylist: Heidi Tokumoto Heather Heen from Delish Makeup
- Flowers: Foodland Flowermart
- Stationary: DIY, Paper and More
- Wedding Dress & veil: David's Bridal
- Undergarments: Victoria's Secret
- Shoes: Piperlime (because Zappos didn't have my size at the time)
- Shoe cushions: Foot Petals
- Jewelry: Etsy seller distinctjewllery
- Bellydance Costume: eBay seller bellydance_fashion_shop Dahlal
- Coordinator: Jennifer Kahanuhana from Savvy Coordination
We will have our ceremony at the lovely Ocean Crystal Chapel and our reception will be in the Coral Ballrooms, both sites at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, HI.
Ocean Crystal Chapel
My engagement ring is the Hearts on Fire Envelop Twist Solitaire and my wedding band is the Repertoire Select Band, both in 18K white gold. FI's wedding band is a Christian Bauer in 18K white gold. All three rings were purchased at the wonderful Wedding Ring Shop in Honolulu. We both had the word "MAO" and our wedding date engraved on the bands. Why "mao"? We say that a lot to each other. It's more of a sound than a word. It's funny because we could have a whole conversation just using "mao". People would think we were crazy if they walked into one of our mao episodes, heh.
I love how it catches the rainbow and sprays it everywhere! I need to watch out when I'm driving or riding my bike. The rainbow stardust is quite distracting.